Jeremy Bird is an American political strategist who has worked for the political campaigns of Barack Obama.
Personal life and education
Bird attended Wabash College, graduating with a major in religion in 2000, before earning a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School in 2002. He took classes at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, including a class with political organizer Marshall Ganz.
During the 2004 presidential election, Bird worked for the campaigns of Howard Dean and John Kerry. When Barack Obama announced his candidacy in 2007, Bird joined the campaign as the field director for South Carolina. Bird encouraged his campaign workers to engage voters in places like barber shops and beauty salons, and this strategy was ultimately used nationwide by the campaign. Obama's victory in the South Carolina primary proved to be an important step in him winning the Democratic nomination. Following the successful South Carolina primary, Bird was promoted to Deputy National Field Director of the campaign.
A month after the election took place, Bird and a team of field experts and data analysts conducted a study of the 2008 campaign. During this study, Bird concluded that contact with enthusiastic volunteers and workers was more effective at mobilizing voters than TV ads or mail. Bird also served as the deputy director of Organizing for America. During Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, Bird served as the National Field Director.
In 2013, Ready for Hillary, a group dedicated to setting up the campaign infrastructure of a potential Hillary Clinton presidential run in 2016, announced that they had hired 270 Strategies. The move was seen as a potential sign that a Clinton campaign might share many of the personnel of the Obama campaigns, including Bird.
Additionally, Bird helped found iVote, a Super PAC dedicated helping Democrats win Secretary of State races. During the 2015 Israeli elections, Bird advised the group V15, which sought to defeat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He has also advised the center-left NDP in the run-up to the 2015 Canadian federal election.
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